Well back to acting like I was a cool kid. I remember watching “Triumph” on MTV and thinking about the cool special effects with the bees. I remember loving the Rod Strickland shout out. I remember thinking the delivery on Rza’s verse was weird. I didn’t know about Wu-Tang at the time. I was green. This has grown to be my favorite track by the collective. Also, I think it is the best posse track ever.
“I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin’ these mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery, flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me.” – Inspectah Deck-
Possibly the best openings ever. I would love to hear some other suggestions for Throwback Thursday track. This is one of the few well known classic Wu-Tang tracks that wasn’t on 36 Chambers. Enjoy.
Big K.R.I.T.’s much anticipated Def Jam debut Live From the Underground is now available for stream through NPR. Comes out June 5th. Here’s a peak. Enjoy.
I remember driving with my traditional Serbian family in our giant brown Ford conversion van listening to this song. I knew every word as an elementary school student. Oh boy, if my parents only knew what the lyrics meant… If only I knew what the lyrics meant… If only anyone on planet Earth knew what the lyrics meant… I love this song and loved the entire album, Odelay. I give credit to my brother who was a member of the BMG Music Club for buying this for one penny. R.I.P. BMG, another Napster casualty. Here is “Loser”, a perfect song for some pompous Pitchfork reviewer to try and break down the meaning of. Enjoy.
I have listened to Bloom this entire week and have come a conclusion. It is very very very very very good. Teen Dream was a high bar to try and surpass. So I refuse to compare them. Bloom is just a nice addition to the Beach House collection. Perfectly done dream-pop. Victoria’s voice shines in this live, slightly slowed down version of “Myth” a highlight of the album. Enjoy.
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) is doing a Top 40 Project where he uses hits and then puts the people that formerly performed the track to shame. I am excited for the Black Star project, but this is nice hold over. Enjoy
Last week I kicked off this project with Outkast – “ATLiens” . I was very proud that I listened to “good” music when I was young. I would love to be able to tell everyone that I only listened to quality stuff. Which is not true. I look back at some of the money I wasted on shitty nu-metal or rap records and just shake my head. Though bad in hindsight, this music still influenced me and I refuse to run away from it. You also can’t just brush this ear-shattering musical buffoonery under a giant rug. Every like bad music at some point. I am comfortable enough to share that I knew every word to this gem. I think if I tried, I could still get through quite a bit of this song today without messing up. This should take you back to a time that you rushed home (or as fast as you could run wearing Jnco’s), made a snack, and sat down to watch TRL to see who was going to be #1. This week’s Throwback Thursday song is Limp Bizkit’s – “Nookie” . Enjoy.
I have been trying really hard not to hear the leak of Bloom that happened about 2 months ago. It was hard to do. It was worth the wait. It comes out tomorrow but here is the full stream via NPR. I have listened to it about 4 times already. It is really really good. I love the new progression that they have showed on it. I have always been a fan and think they have taken the next step. It’s not the same as Teen Dream but it is not too different either. The perfect amount of different. Their personality is there. “Lazuli” and “Myth” are standouts. I wasn’t worried about this one being a dud. It’s very enjoyable. Album of the Year Candidate. Enjoy.
This is the first of many Throwback Thursday tracks to come. These are all tracks that influenced my musical tastes. I am proud to start off this weekly post with Outkast’s – “ATLiens” released August 27, 1996 on LaFace Records. I remember listening to this track and album in my friend A.J.’s car driving to school. It is because of Outkast that I really became a southern hip-hop fan. I am sure many of you can relate to a song or sound shaping your youth. For me it was this or Korn as my first post. I’m glad I went with this. My favorite line is from Big Boi, Cause I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails/Oh hell, there he go again talkin that shit. I love it and wish I was cool enough to use this routinely, but I’m not.
I don’t know anything about this guy/band. I saw this today and thought it was worth re-posting. This is Dent May- “Best Friend”, a great spring/summer song as the kids are rapping up their school years and parents are dreading them being home all damn day. Enjoy.
Passion Pit took over my summer of 2008. They have not put anything out since then. I am excited to have them back and if “Take a Walk” is any indication of what they are looking to do on Bossamer which comes out July 24th I am extra excited. Poppy, dance-y, but not too falsetto-y. Extremely-y catchy-y. Enjoy-y.